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Study finds the ‘birth lottery of history’ can predict arrests

Study finds the ‘birth lottery of history’ can predict arrests

June 22, 2021

Social scientists have long studied how moral character, socioeconomic status, and other demographic characteristics affect arrest rates. These personal and environmental differences have, in fact, become markers used to predict the trajectory of criminal behavior, but a group of researchers say they ignore one crucial factor: the changing social and historical context.

An unprecedented longitudinal study, published in the American Journal of Sociology, looks to make that story more complete and show that when it comes to...

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Harvard professor discusses past and present of ‘Juneteenth’

June 15, 2021

As Juneteenth approaches, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed joined Harvard’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Sherri Ann Charleston to discuss the holiday, celebrations, and her new book, “On Juneteenth.” The holiday this Saturday, commemorating when the news of legalized slavery’s end in the U.S. reached the African American population of Galveston, Texas, is not only the central topic of Gordon-Reed’s collection of...

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Harvard’s first Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging fellows

Harvard’s first Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging fellows

June 14, 2021

Welcoming language. Inclusive syllabi. Resource guides for newcomers.

This is a sampling of work done this spring by five graduate students toward achieving diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The work of this inaugural DIB cohort crossed departmental lines and built programs with the goals of eliminating barriers and fostering a more welcoming Harvard.

Bennett Comerford, Alex Creighton, Mary Galli, Carlos González, and Naohito Miura come from disciplines as diverse as the study of religion to Romance languages, English, and music, and represent...

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1,962 admitted to the Class of 2025

June 6, 2021

Nearly 85 percent of those admitted to the Class of 2025 say they will come to Harvard in the fall. The College expects to welcome 1,962 first-year students this August.

This month, Harvard announced that it is planning for a full return to campus in the fall, including opening residential accommodations at full density and holding classes in person.

“We are thrilled to welcome the many promising students admitted in the Class of 2025 and look forward to seeing all they accomplish...

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Melinda French Gates receives Radcliffe Medal

Melinda French Gates receives Radcliffe Medal

May 29, 2021

The trailblazing work of Melinda French Gates, a philanthropist, advocate for the rights of women and girls, and fighter for gender equity, was the focus of Radcliffe Day on Friday afternoon, Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s annual event to honor a leader who has devoted their life to excellence, opportunity, and service.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the institute, presented French Gates with the medal in recognition of her work to ensure that every person has the chance to live a healthy and productive life. The program also featured a panel discussion titled “Achieving Gender Equity in the...

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Harvard outlines COVID guidelines for students, professors, staff

Harvard outlines COVID guidelines for students, professors, staff

May 28, 2021

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week that he would lift most of the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions on May 29, while ending the commonwealth’s state of emergency on June 15. The decision reflects the improving public health situation in the region.

The decision will also have direct implications on Harvard’s ability to resume more robust on-campus activities in support of its ongoing dedication to teaching and learning, and to research. The Gazette spoke with Giang Nguyen, Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) executive...

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Harvard President Bacow delivers 2021 Baccalaureate speech

May 26, 2021

University President Larry Bacow counseled graduating seniors in a poignant speech during the Baccalaureate Service on Tuesday to acknowledge the losses they’d suffered but also celebrate the wisdom and growth gained during the pandemic.

“Every day since March 10, 2020, has reminded you that life — in the abstract and in the concrete — is both tenuous and uncertain,” Bacow said during the event honoring the Class of 2021, which was broadcast on WHRB.org. “Every day has challenged and tested you, has created uncertainty and unease, has brought forth...

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Harvard returns in the fall

May 25, 2021

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences today released detailed plans for a return to on-campus teaching, living, and research for undergraduates and all FAS-based graduate programs for the upcoming academic year. The announcement came in a message to faculty, students, researchers, and staff from University President Larry Bacow, FAS Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay, Danoff Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Emma Dench.

In the joint message, the four said campus would...

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Harvard’s 2021 graduation ceremonies will begin Sunday

May 20, 2021

This year’s graduation ceremonies will take place over the course of several days and include a range of virtual events to honor and recognize the Harvard Class of 2021’s thousands of graduates from across the University. Some of the online festivities will require preregistration, while others will be streamed live via video and audio feeds with no need to sign up in advance.

The fun kicks off on Sunday at 3 p.m. with the inaugural First-Gen/Next Gen (FGLI+) Graduation Ceremony honoring those graduates who identify as members of the Next-Gen community, including all undergraduate and...

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